Students are required to complete either a thesis or one of two comprehensive examination plans:
- The Master's Thesis is intended to provide the opportunity for independent scholarly research and should be the length and quality of a publishable journal article.
- The Comprehensive Examination Plan A, applied planning research project or group comprehensive project, is recommended for students who are more interested in the practical application of what they have learned in their coursework than in scholarly research.
- Comprehensive Examination Plan B is a two week examination, which typically takes the form of a simulated client-oriented project under tight time constraints. Requires permission of the Department Chair.